first ever auction of offshore wind energy development rights in the
Gulf of Mexico ended with a $5.6 million winning bid on August 29th,
2023. This offshore wind lease sale encompasses a 102,480-acre area, is 71 kilometers off the Lake Charles, Louisiana Coast, and has water depths of 10 - 25 meters.
the bids were few in number, industry advocates hailed the first-ever
auction as an important milestone for the Gulf Coast’s evolving wind
energy sector. “As the Gulf of Mexico continues its evolution into a
broad-based and integrated energy hub, encompassing segments such as oil
and gas, wind, and with future prospects of carbon sequestration and
hydrogen, the opportunity for the first offshore wind project will be a
marker for the region,” National Ocean Industries Association President
Erik Milito said in a statement.